Sunday, December 1, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling July August 2011

Tortoise and Hare
from Children's Illustrations, 1880
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here . I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well. However, I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the National Storytelling Network.Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful.


To complement the theme of this issue I offer you these six links below.

LGBT Themes in Chinese Mythology – Interesting article on Wikipedia with other links to various resources. 

Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales
by JoSelle Vandrhooft
. This  link will lead you to an interesting and helpful review of the above book.

The World History of Gay Love – Arabian Folktales Six folktales from the famous Islamic poet, Abu Nuwas.

Gay Art and History - No One Told Us Hercules Was Gay“History is written by the victors. They choose what will be remembered, and what covered up. So it has been with male eros…” This begins an interesting article on the history and art of gay love throughout time. – As always, Jackie Baldwin shares some offerings on the subject.

Summer surrounds us here in the United States and after a long, harsh winter we are grateful for the warmth of the sun.

Summer Legends by Rudolph Baumbach, Translated by Helen B. Dole, c.1888. Twenty-two legends to celebrate the season including The Legend of the Daisy, The Clover Leaf, and more.

Creation of Summer and Winter – An Acoma Legend

How Glooskap Found the Summer

How the Summer Birds Came – Zuni Folktale – This story is in part of a collection of Zuni folktales. You may find it on page 65 of the text.

Children love pourquoi and animal stories. Here are two sites filled with fun for your summer programs.

Fairy Tales from Brazil: How and Why Tales from Brazilian Folk-Lore by Elsie Spicer Eells c. 1917.  Eighteen folktales that will help you answer many age old questions Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkeys, Why the Sea Moans and more that will satisfy the most inquisitive story listener.

West African Folk-Tales by W.H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair – Children love animal and Anansi stories. This book will help add some new tales to your repertoire. Please note that this is a downloadable pdf file and will require that you open the file to access the stories. – Two blog post from June and July 2010. The first is filled with tales about bees, birds and flowers, along with crafts and curriculum. The second has stories and more to celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3.

National Lighthouse Day is August 7. Here are some stories of those who have kept the beacons burning bright through the years.

Green Lantern – A Michigan Ghost Story

Mariner’s Museum – This site is full of information about women of the sea. It also includes three tales about three women who served in what was known then as a male occupation.

The three sites below offer snippets of stories and information that will help you research the tales to shed more light on the legends...pun intended.

Tales and Legends – Seven short stories about lighthouses.

Haunted Lighthouses, Legends and Lore

Legends and Hauntings of Oregon Coast Lighthouses

And if you missed any of the previous “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the series so far.

January February 2007
March April 2007

January February 2008
March April 2008
May June 2008

January February 2009
May June 2009
July August 2009
September October 2009
November December 2009

January February 2010
April May 2010


April May 2011

 Karen Chace 2013 ©

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